Mitch Hawker has released the results of his annual Internet Coaster Poll. This year’s results were pretty interesting with a number of new additions to the top ten:
1 Expedition GeForce at Holiday Park - Hassloch, Germany – Intamin Mega Coaster (2nd)
2 Bizarro at Six Flags New England Springfield, Mass. – Intamin Mega Coaster (1st)
3 New Texas Giant at Six Flags Over Texas – Dallas, Texas – Rocky Mountain Hybrid (New)
4 Intimidator 305 at Kings Dominion Intamin Giga Coaster (3rd)
5 Kawasemi at Tobu Zoo Park – Saitama, Japan – Intamin Mega-Lite Coaster (4th)
6 Shambhala at Port Aventura – Salou, Spain – B&M Hyper Coaster (New)
7 Skyrush at Hersheypark – Pennsylvania, United States – Intamin Mega Coaster (New)
8 iSpeed at Mirabilandia – Savio, Italy – Intamin Launch Coaster (10th)
9t Katun at Mirabilandia – Savio, Italy – B&M Inverted Coaster (9th)
9t Mega-Lite at Happy Valley – Shanghai, China – Intamin Mega-Lite Coaster (New)
9t Maverick at Cedar Point – Ohio, United States – Intamin Launch Coaster (13th)
12 Nemesis at Alton Towers – Staffordshire, England – B&M Inverted Coaster (5th)
See the complete 2012 Steel Roller Coaster Poll results.
Leaving the top steel coasters were two more (that’s right two more) Intamin Mega Lites in Goliath and Piraten. Do you think they’re any good? Millennium Force, a ride which regularly trades with Bizarro in the Golden Ticket Awards rankings, was also bumped out. I’m excited to see the New Texas Giant right up there with the best in the World as it’s near the top of my steel list too.
Coaster Fans Shun Wing Coasters, Have Tough Thighs
Six Flags Great America’s X-Flight tied B&M floorless looper Hair Raiser at 58th. And Dollywood’s Wild Eagle came in at a surprisingly low 87th. I didn’t expect these coasters to crack the top ten. They were awesome rides and I rated them both 9.0 out of 10. But on the international scale, I’m not sure they’d dominate. Still, we may see them slowly climb the list as they were brand new last year.
The ultra-extreme Skyrush was more appreciated by the types of coaster fans who filled out the survey. Maligned by some of the general public, it looks like it was given its due by coaster fans. Even though some coaster fans were both torn between loving it while being scared for their lives. Read more about 2012′s most polarizing roller coaster in this Guest Review of Skyrush at Hersheypark.
Is the List Too International?
While there could be maybe just the slightest bit of international bias from traveling enthusiasts, no list is perfect and I much prefer writing about this one than the Golden Ticket Awards. Even though I’ve only ridden three of the top 10, I enjoy seeing the diversity of the list and learning about the coasters that I need to target for future trips and even the others that I may never reach.
Best of the Rest
Other North American roller coasters that made the top 25 were: Bush Gardens Tampa’s Montu (17th), Leviathan at Canada’s Wonderland (18th), Nitro at Six Flags Great Adventure (19th), Six Flags Over Georgia’s Goliath (20th), Mindbender at Galaxyland (23rd), and X2 at Six Flags Magic Mountain (25th).
What’s your take on this year’s Internet Coaster Poll results? How many of these top steel roller coasters have you ridden? Images courtesy of JonathanHawkins.net.